Jungle Doctor Picture Fables Collection
. OM Publishing: Paternoster . Carlisle ,
PZ10.3.W5856 Jung 1997 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Just a week ago I had found Monkey in a Lion's Skin in this version illustrated by Peter Oram. I promptly started a search for more of these Jungle Doctor Fables illustrated by Oram. Here is a quick and lucky find, and the price is right! This book of some 179 pages (plus a few pages of advertising) contains eight Jungle Doctor Picture Fables listed on the title-page with strange numbers of two sizes to show the opening page of each. Donkey Wisdom has Punda the donkey unable to decide whether he wants to be black or white and ending up a zebra! Now you know what a zebra is -- a donkey who can't make up his mind (25). A forced Christian admonition follows: decide to ask Jesus to forgive your sin. Famous Monkey Last Words finds Toto, the monkey, violating two of the three rules given by his teacher Twiga, the giraffe. Toto as a result gets kicked by a zebra and almost killed by a snake. Monkey in a Lion's Skin is the only one of these eight stories to work from a traditional fable. It is an adaptation of DLS in which Toto finds out for himself that he is still a monkey even in a lion's skin. In the fourth story, Boohoo the hippopotamus wants to see himself but dislikes what he sees in a mirror. Again the Christian application seems forced to me: The Bible is God's wonderful mirror (91). Jungle Doctor's work represents, I believe, one more fascinating but failed attempt to bring together the worlds of fable and religion.